photo by Japanese American National Museum
The Enmanji Buddhist Temple in Sebastopol dates back to 1928, and its iconic temple building was brought on site in 1934. The building was part of the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 and was transported disassembled by rail to Sebastopol. Constructed without the use of nails, it took the work of skilled craftspeople to reconstruct it. The building faithfully represents a 12th century Kamakura-style Japanese temple.
Here we are in 2020 and the temple building needs exterior work including a new paint job. Due to its historic nature, the estimate for the exterior work is $60,000.
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May 9 Family virtual service is now online
All services and events have been cancelled until further notice following recommended precautions from state and CDC authorities.
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Namo Amida Butsu
The Enmanji Buddhist Temple has an unusual beginning in that the Buddhist Sunday School and the affiliated Japanese Language School had their beginning in 1926, before the establishment of the temple itself.